The owners of J&B Atlantic Co. have announced they are closing their store in downtown Ellsworth. PHOTO BY STEVE FULLER

J&B Atlantic set to close its doors in downtown Ellsworth



ELLSWORTH — A little more than a year after the Grasshopper Shop closed its doors in the city’s downtown, another Main Street anchor store is going out of business.

Owners Jon Hutchins and Bill Sanborn have announced that J&B Atlantic Co. will close its doors on Saturday, April 30. The store will re-open in early May, but solely for a going-out-of-business sale.

Hutchins and Sanborn said the decision to close was not easy and was made “with a heavy heart.” They cited changing buying trends and the struggle of independent businesses like J&B Atlantic around the country as factors in their decision.

On its Facebook page, the store describes itself as “THE PLACE to shop in Ellsworth,” offering “unique home accessories, local flair, furniture, fibers, antiques and more.”

Hutchins and Sanborn said they will continue to own the building and are looking for it to remain commercial space. Because of the large amount of space in the building, the business partners said they are “willing to discuss options that will best suit potential businesses” that could lease the space.

The brick building, which bears the name Tracy Building on its façade, is 87 years old according to the owners.

“The same changing trends that have made the venue less viable for [this] particular brand of retail are also bringing new possibilities and opportunities for future use of the building,” they said.

Hutchins and Sanborn said they intend to focus solely on their construction business, Sanborn & Hutchins Builders.

The owners thanked everyone, from friends and families to financial institutions — but especially customers, for the support over the years.

Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller worked at The Ellsworth American from 2012 to early 2018. He covered the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland.
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